Knowledge and the Sacred: Revisioning Academic Accountability

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1989 - Philosophy - 341 pages
Nasr (Islamic studies, George Washington U.), in a series of ten lectures, argues that, unlike in the West, where scientific thought has been secularized, in the East, knowledge and religious experience have remained unified. Drawing from Buddhist, Hindu, Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions, he finds in each the idea of perennial wisdom as a philosophical basis for such unity. Paperback edition ($10.95) not seen. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Knowledge and Its Desacralization
1
What Is Tradition?
65
The Rediscovery of the Sacred The Revival of Tradition
93
Scientia Sacra
130
Man Pontifical and Promethean
160
The Cosmos as Theophany
189
Eternity and The Temporal Order
221
Traditional Art as Fountain of Knowledge and Grace
253
Principal Knowledge and the Multiplicity of Sacred Forms
280
Knowledge of the Sacred as Deliverance
309
Index
332
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Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of many books, including Islamic Art and Spirituality, Islamic Life and Thought, and Sufi Essays, and the editor of Expectation of the Millennium: Shi'ism in History and Shi'ism: Doctrines, Thought, and Spirituality, also published by SUNY Press.

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